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Last call: Titles leaving Netflix in October 2020

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Last call: Titles leaving Netflix in October 2020 (Photo: Netflix)

Fans of "Parks and Recreation" only have until September 30, 2020, to binge their way through all seven seasons. On the movie front, the classic Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks romantic comedy "Sleepless in Seattle" goes at the end of the month, as does "The Patriot" and "Charlotte's Web." However, seeing as it is October, I'll be focusing on horror films and costume spectacles.

"Emelie"

In "Emilie" Sarah Bolger stars as a replacement babysitter who proves to be more diabolical than she is delightful. (Leaving 10/1/20)

"Cult of Chucky"

What's more frightening than one homicidal Good Guys doll? Multiple homicidal Good Guy dolls. "Cult of Chucky" is outlandish, but what would you expect from a self-aware horror film? (Leaving 10/2/20)

"District 9"

Okay, I admit that this one is a stretch. I doubt you'll see anyone dressing up like an alien from "District 9," but it would be pretty cool if they did. I just try to throw a little love to Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi film with a real-world subtext because it saved the summer of 2009 from the doldrums of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." (Leaving 10/31/20)

"The Girl with All the Gifts"

"The Girl with All the Gifts" is a zombie, post-pandemic sort of sci-fi film that plays by its own rules. It should have been a massive hit or at least a cult cinema favorite. It still could be. (Leaving 10/31/20)

"Nacho Libre"

There's something about Jared and Jerusha Hess films that make me smile. Most would point to "Napoleon Dynamite" as their masterpiece, but I love the silliness of "Nacho Libre" and Jack Black being a monk who follows his dreams and becomes a Luchador. Besides, Kaitlyn Dever loves it. (Leaving 10/31/20)

"The Silence of the Lambs"

While the idea of an FBI agenting asking for the help of a murderous cannibal to help track a killer might feel a little farfetched. It also makes a lot of sense. Who knows their way in the dark better than someone who has reveled in it? "The Silence of the Lambs" is just plausible enough to be terrifying. (Leaving 10/31/20)

"Sleepy Hollow"

There's a jovial quality to Tim Burton's films that make even the darker entries on his resume feel like carnival rides. It might not be the best adaptation of Washington Irving's 1820 short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," but "Sleepy Hollow" is beautifully shot and ridiculously fun. (Leaving 10/31/20)

"Spaceballs"

Co-written, produced and directed by Mel Brooks, "Spaceballs" is a lowbrow, Freudian revision of the Star Wars universe (with a few other sci-fi films thrown in for variety). It's frequently funny, occasionally offensive, but never meanspirited. (Leaving 10/31/20)

"Underworld"

I know the general perception of the Underworld films is that they're all terrible films that are only made enjoyable by their campiness and Kate Beckinsale. There's certainly more style than substance in director Len Wiseman's films, but I still enjoy the original "Underworld" (particularly when Bill Nighy chews up the scenery). (Leaving 10/31/20)

A complete list of titles leaving Netflix in October 2020

Leaving 9/30/20

  • "Parks & Recreation:" Seasons 1-7

Leaving 10/1/20

  • "Emelie"
  • "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
  • "Sleeping with Other People"

Leaving 10/2/20

  • "Cult of Chucky"
  • "Truth or Dare"

Leaving 10/6/20

  • "The Water Diviner"

Leaving 10/7/20

  • "The Last Airbender"

Leaving 10/17/20

  • "The Green Hornet"

Leaving 10/19/20

  • "Paper Year"

Leaving 10/22/20

  • "While We're Young"

Leaving 10/26/20

  • "Battle: Los Angeles"

Leaving 10/30/20

  • "Kristy"

Leaving 10/31/20

  • "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective"
  • "Burlesque"
  • "Charlotte's Web"
  • "Clash of the Titans"
  • "District 9"
  • "The Firm"
  • "Fun with Dick & Jane"
  • "The Girl with All the Gifts"
  • "Grandmaster"
  • "Highway to Heaven:" Seasons 1-5
  • "The Interview"
  • "Just Friends"
  • "Magic Mike"
  • "Nacho Libre"
  • "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!"
  • "The NeverEnding Story"
  • "The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter"
  • "Nights in Rodanthe"
  • "The Patriot"
  • "Set Up"
  • "The Silence of the Lambs"
  • "Sleepless in Seattle"
  • "Sleepy Hollow"
  • "Spaceballs"
  • "The Taking of Pelham 123"
  • "The Ugly Truth"
  • "Underworld"
  • "Underworld: Evolution"
  • "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans"
  • "Zathura"